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Bears release veteran OT Jermon Bushrod

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 9: Jermon Bushrod #74 of the Chicago Bears plays against the Dallas Cowboys on December 9, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 9: Jermon Bushrod #74 of the Chicago Bears plays against the Dallas Cowboys on December 9, 2013 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

The Chicago Bears announced the release of veteran offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod on Tuesday.

Via the Bears' official Twitter account:

#Bears have released veteran LT Jermon Bushrod.

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) February 16, 2016

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Bushrod, 31, played the past three seasons with the Bears and started 34 games at left tackle. Injuries caught up to him early in 2015, opening the door for 2014 seventh-round draft pick Charles Leno Jr. to take over his role in the starting lineup.

Before Bushrod joined the Bears in 2013, he was a two-time Pro Bowler with the New Orleans Saints. They originally drafted him out of Towson with a fourth-round pick in 2007.

Bushrod is clearly on the decline, but some team may take a flyer on him in free agency with a contract at or near the veteran minimum.